A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

2 PEPS groups in Phinney Ridge starting soon

March 26th, 2015 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) is starting two sessions for new and second-time parents in Phinney Ridge in the next few weeks.

Second Time Around begins on April 8 at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is for parents with a newborn 0-4 months and one or more older children. One parent attends with the baby, with a topic discussion related to a growing family with a focus on the newborn. This group meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

Baby Peppers starts April 15 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 12-1:30 p.m. This group is for one parent and a baby 5-12 months. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, followed by a topic discussion related to the adventure of parenting. Meetings also include break time for socializing and connecting with other parents, as well as time to focus on baby’s development. Toys are provided. Meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

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Free tax preparation at Phinney Center through April 18

February 4th, 2015 by Doree

United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services at 25 locations throughout King County, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., through April 18. The free service is for households making less than $60,000. While there, taxpayers also can get information on one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

Tax preparation is provided from 5-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is needed. (If you are filing with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.)

You must bring:

  • Social Security card/ITIN letters for everyone on the return
  • Photo ID
  • All tax statements, such as W-2 form, 1099 form, SSA-1099 form, etc.

It’s recommended you also bring your bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of refunds, and a copy of last year’s tax return.

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PNA Wine Taste coming up Feb. 28

January 26th, 2015 by Doree

The annual PNA Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission gets you your choice of 10 tastes of wine, appetizers and live music by One Planet Jazz. The wine store also will be open for you to purchase bottles to take home.

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Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general public, and $10 for designated drivers.

Confirmed wineries as of Jan. 26:

  • Airfield Estates
  • Animale
  • Avennia Wine
  • Cooper Wine Company
  • Crucible Wines
  • Domanico Cellars
  • Eight Bells Winery
  • Elevation Cellars
  • Falling Rain Wines
  • Nota Bene Cellars
  • Parejas Cellars
  • Two Mountain Winery

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Theme of Sunday’s PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is ‘Get Connected’

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

The annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The theme is “get connected.” Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 for non-members.

This is your chance to meet local professionals such as architects, contractors, interior designers, plumbers, etc., and get advice on permits, solar power and how to make technological improvements to make your home more efficient.
Throughout the day there will be presentations on sustainability and green building, and perennial favorites such as “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

Check the home fair website for a complete presentation schedule.

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PNA Business Group invites neighborhood business owners to business social on Wednesday

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

The PNA Business Group is inviting neighborhood business owners to a business social from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at The Yard Café, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations, Jim Bennett, will share tips and tools to help business owners prepare their marketing budget for 2015.

There will be a brief presentation followed by Q&A where Jim will cover:

  • How to determine your budget.
  • How to make the most of your community involvement.
  • Common, yet often overlooked costs.
  • Best ways to advertise and take advantage of promotions.
  • Ways to make the most of discounts.

You are to pay for your own food/drink. Entry is free for PNA Business Members. If you are not already a Business Member but would like to become one to attend our events for free, please join here. Please RSVP by Monday, January 19 to amyb@phinneycenter.org.

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Ballard Preschool Co-Op Open House on Jan. 24

January 13th, 2015 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program, is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7503 18th Ave. NW. Parents and children can meet the teachers, view the classroom and learn more about the preschool. Please RSVP to bpc.allschoolchair@gmail.com if you will attend.

Ballard Preschool Co-op offers play-based classes for children from birth through pre-K.

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PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is this weekend

December 3rd, 2014 by Doree

Get into the holiday spirit with this weekend’s 34th annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general public. Plus, please bring a can of food for the Greenwood Food Bank.

Both the Blue Building and Brick Building will be filled with more than 115 craft vendors, plus hundreds more entertainers — singers, dancers, etc. — on two stages. There’s also a quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items for sale.

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The Winter Festival supports the PNA’s many community programs, including the PNA Hot Meal Program, before and after school childcare, the Greenwood Senior Center, the tool library, art gallery, plus community projects for neighbors in need and the Volunteers of America Food Bank of Greenwood.

Click here for the full entertainment schedule and list of every vendor and their location.

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PhinneyWood ‘Glow Cone’ lights up the ridge

November 29th, 2014 by Dale

More than 100 people gathered on a chilly (for Seattle, at least) evening to welcome in the holidays with caroling and a countdown for the first annual lighting of the “Glow Cone” on the historic air raid siren at the corner of Phinney Avenue North at North 67th Street.

The siren, a Cold War reminder built in 1953, is now home to a cheerier aspect – a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that shines on the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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PNA director Lee Harper kicked off the lighting saying the Glow Cone and 150 monkey holiday lights are something only our neighborhood can claim.

“What if an animal escaped from the zoo and ran up and down Phinney and Greenwood? And the monkeys were born,” Harper explained to the crowd. “It is unique. A lot of people, including my partner, said ‘I don’t get it. Monkeys?’ Exactly. But you’re talking about it and you’re not talking about the lights and trees in Ballard.”

Here’s a shot of the crowd singing carols before one lucky kid got to flip the switch on the lights. (Thanks to Mike Veitenhans for the two photos.)

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KING 5 had a nice story about the Glow Cone and monkey lights on Sunday night.

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Buy a pint at Ballard Beer Company on Wednesday to support the Greenwood Senior Center

November 11th, 2014 by Doree

The Ballard Beer Company will donate $1 from every pint purchased on Wednesday to the Greenwood Senior Center. It’s part of their Pints for a Purpose program. Ballard Beer Company is at 2050 NW Market St. On Wednesday it’s open from 4-11 p.m.

The Greenwood Senior Center (GSC), a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA), offers programs and services that provide an opportunity for thousands of seniors each year to enhance physical fitness, mental stimulation and emotional well-being and supports active seniors in their efforts to preserve traditions, embrace change and maintain independence. In 2013, the Greenwood Senior Center served over 2,300 seniors, ages 55 – 95, more than 17,000 times, offering daily hot meals, social work services, classes, lectures, visits by health, financial, tax or legal professionals, and numerous club, craft, musical, arts, social and recreational events.

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